I despise the term “boo” to describe a loved one or significant other. Granted, not as much as I hate the term “bae”, but at least in this case, boo is an acceptable turn of phrase.
For Freaky Friday this week, were delving into the realm of spooks and spectors, ghouls and ghosts.
This is a very graphics intense post, so be prepared. If it’s spooky stories you’re looking for, this isn’t the post. However, this post with be phantasmic all on its own.
You know you’re looking over your shoulder now…
Here’s some more haunting humor to “liven” up your Freaky Friday!
Halloween is a serious time in our house. Not only am I Wiccan and celebrate Samhein, but Craig and I both love to decorate. Plus, being a FX makeup artist, Halloween is my season.
Meet Gus the Ghost – one of my favorite yearly decorations! He’s motion activated and glides along a cord, usually from our deck to the gate. He also makes spooky sounds, and used to light up; in recent years, we’ve had to attach a battery operated tea light candle to his butt, so he can maintain his ghastly glow.
Gus, in all his glory, just waiting for the evil day star to set.
Craig giving Gus his rightful spot on the deck.
We take our haunting seriously! Fog machines, strobe lights, the whole thing.
Peek-a-BOO! Craig made this guy out of plywood to haunt our giant Queen Anne Palm.
As I’ve mentioned, we also ghost hunt as a hobby, and have seen, heard and felt some amazingly creepy (and cool) things (you can read more about some of that here.)
Haunting hair adornments I did, and super easy. Spread Gorilla Glue on white cardboard in your shape and allow to dry. Peel off, paint if desired.
So, let’s get this phantasmic party started and showcase some spooktacular ideas for your Halloween haunting!
Chicken wire ghosts and even duct tape ghosts would make super spooky indoor, or outdoor, decorations.
Duct tape ghosts.
Ethereal and eerie.
Cheesecloth ghosts are easy to make, and dress up the entire house. Spray starch. You cannot have enough, is a general rule of thumb. A bit of white silly string might add a bit of pizzazz to your phantoms, too.
Cute cheesecloth ghosts.
Panty-wetting cheesecloth ghosts! Glue to cheesecloth to the faces of styrofoam heads (available at wig shops or beauty supply stores),to make sure you get all the facial features. I’d brush glue on to make sure everything was thoroughly covered.
These ghost catchers are a gorgeous addition to your decor. Like a Native American dream catcher, with a Halloween twist (although, when I make mine, it will be a year ’round adornment, like my traditional dream catchers).
Who doesn’t want a pet ghost, in a jar? Several ways to do it, adding a solar powered feature, would make them extra creepy at night.
Enchanting Halloween lanterns could feature our BOO-tiful buddies and haunting holograms using your smartphone could give parties an extra eerie feature.
Eerie eyes are watching…
Try some fun, ghostly science projects with the kids, and if that’s still not enough, here’s some more indoor decorating ideas for your ghostly gathering.
Make these out of a standard, styrofoam wreath and tissue paper or Kleenex. Also, dollar stores usually sell bags of 10-12 little pre-printed ghosts, that you stuff with newspapers in the head, and tie with a twist tie…easy way to make an adorable wreath.
How spooktacular is this?!
Use your child’s footprint (or, as I would, hubby and mine) and make frameable art! Save it for years to come, or do a new one every year and make a collage. You could also use fabric paint and make shirts or quilts.
I love this! Spray paint maple leaves and add googly eyes. Or, buy silk, velvet or plastic leaves from craft or dollar stores, if you’re not lucky enough to live in a wooded area.
Upcycle those milk and juice jugs with a battery operated tea light candle and a sharpie.
Did you know there’s a ghost chili pepper? The Bhut Jolokia pepper, also know as the ghost pepper, was the hottest pepper in the world, until it was recently dethroned by the Carolina Reaper.
Ghost pepper – looks innocent enough, right?
Think you’re bad enough to take on these creepy chilies? You might want to watch 1,000 other people try, first.
A ghoulish makeup tutorial.
Ghostly glamour runs the gambit.
Now, we couldn’t really spin about spectors without talking spirits, could we?
And, if you know me, you know the kind of spirits I’m talking about.
Strawberries dipped in white chocolate, with icing from a tube to add facial features.
Cupcakes get a creepy coif.
First, I’d suggest investing in a spooky silicone mold and making adult lollipops! Take the red wine lollipop recipe here, and swap it out for white wine. Or, I’m sure white grape juice would work for the kiddos – just mark the sticks (say black for adults, white for kiddos or however you choose) to make sure the right pop stays out of the wrong hands.
Save those wine bottles, and upcycle those as well!
Liquefied Ghost; described as an “adult milkshake”.
Try a Liquefied Ghost to get your guests in a ghostly mood.
Ghost in the Mist – best served cauldron style!
As delicious as a Liquefied Ghost sounds, Ghost in the Mist might be just a bit more my style.
Dollar store shot glasses, a sharpie and some black sugar or salt and you have a cheap and creepy shot!
White chocolate or almond bark can make ghastly garnishes. Spread melted chocolate or almond bark onto wax paper, shape and let cool. Mini chocolate chips, pushed in tip down while semi-warm, or icing in a tube, adds your facial features.
Ghostly white or ghastly green, find more spooky spirits here. Ghost shaped marshmallow peeps also make a great accent by adding them to a straw or skewer as a stirrer, or even floating them on top of your cocktails.
Dry ice makes any drink spooky.
Dry ice can make any spirit spooky, but is it safe? Check out In the Spirit for the how and why of using dry ice for drinks (you’ll also learn about making a black salt/sugar rim).
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a jewelry junkie! Some of my ghosties, gifted to me by Craig, with the exception of the single. My favorite cousin, who passed away a few years ago, has the mate.
On a side note, today is Craig’s and my seventh anniversary of being together, so I may not be around much.
Also, 14 years ago today, the twin towers came down in New York (my home). R.I.P. to all who lost their lives that day; respect and blessings to the first responders and blessings to all their families.
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